Olympics 2021 updates – U.S. A-Team wins beach volleyball gold; USA hoops in womens semifinals – ESPN

There are precious few days left at the Olympic Games. Drink some extra coffee because we’re getting closer to a gold medal in women’s basketball where Sue Bird and Team USA face Serbia in the semifinals (12:40 a.m. ET). The Americans could be peaking at the right time, so look out.

Speaking of peaking at the right time, the A-Team of April Ross and Alix Klineman capped their Olympic run with a gold medal in beach volleyball, dropping just one set during the entire tournament. Ross and Klineman defeated the Australian duo of Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar 21-15, 21-16.

Americans could win gold medals and both men’s and women’s golf. After Xander Schauffele won the men’s title, Nelly Korda holds a four-shot lead in the women’s tournament. The third round started Thursday evening. A tropical storm has already shortened the tournament to 54 holes, but weather reports looked good for getting in the round.

Here’s all the best action from Tokyo:

A-Team wins a gold

The USA is atop the beach volleyball world again. The A-Team of April Ross and Alix Klineman swept Australia’s duo of Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar 21-15, 21-16 as the U.S. won the gold medal for the fourth time in the past five Olympics.

Ross won a silver medal with Jennifer Kessy in 2012, losing to Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings in the final. In 2016, she teamed with Walsh Jennings but ultimately won bronze.

Another USA volleyball win

Ross and Klineman’s victory on the sand wasn’t the only American volleyball win. The U.S. women won their indoor volleyball match against Serbia in straight sets, advancing to the gold-medal match against the winner of Brazil and South Korea (Sunday, 12:30 a.m. ET).

Biles returns home

Simone Biles, fresh off winning a silver in the team all-around and bronze in the individual balance beam, returned home to Houston to a rousing welcome.



Simone Biles returns to Houston from Tokyo to a crowd of family, friends and fans at the airport.

One more backflip in store?

Gable Steveson, an NCAA wrestling champion at 285 pounds, will have a chance to win gold in the men’s freestyle at 125kg. He is known for celebrating his victories with a backflip — which is impressive for anyone, let alone a wrestler of his size. Does he have one more celebration in store?

Nailed it

Details are key — especially when it comes to nails. And some U.S. stars, from Simone Biles to Alex Morgan, represented the red, white and blue on their fingertips.